Watch Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

This documentary series presents the point of view of actress Leah Remini, whose split from the Church of Scientology led Remini to become a vocal critic of the church's practices. In the eight-episode series, which aired on the A&E cable network, Remini argues that the church regularly abuses its members, exploits them financially, and subjects them to harassment and threats if they speak out against the church or resist its teachings.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on A&E
3 Seasons, 37 Episodes
December 19, 2016
Reality
9.2/10
Cast: Leah Remini, Mike Rinder
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Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath Full Episode Guide

  • Leah and Mike speak with Jay Wexler, an expert in constitutional law, to discuss the remarkable story of Scientology’s journey to tax-exempt status. Mike and Leah also talk with Lt. Yulanda Williams, a police officer, about law enforcement’s community engagement strategies.

  • Former Church of Scientology members discuss the abuse they suffered after leaving the organization.

  • In 1974, operating under an alias, the Church of Scientology moved into Clearwater, Florida, and proceeded to make the city its spiritual headquarters. In 1977, an FBI raid uncovered the Church’s secret plans to take over the city. In this episode, Leah and Mike visit Clearwater and speak to some of the city’s most prominent Scientology critics.

  • In a remote corner of Riverside County, Calif., lies Scientology’s International Base, a compound that houses the church’s most dedicated members. In this episode, Leah Remini and Mike Rinder, a former occupant of International Base (“Gold Base”), speak with four other former high-ranking residents who reveal their shocking stories behind the locked gates.

  • Over the past two seasons, we've shown how Scientology is a "pay-as-you-go" organization, but what tactics does the church use to get the money? What about those who can't afford to pay?

  • Under the leadership of David Miscavige, Scientology has been purchasing large buildings to use as upgraded church locations, celebrated as “Ideal Orgs.” The church claims that the new buildings signal the rapid expansion of Scientology, but former members and critics say otherwise. In this episode, Leah and Mike interview Paul Burkhart, a former Ideal Org architect, and Bert Schippers, a former Scientologist who was a major Ideal Org donor.

  • Family members report trouble getting access to loved ones at Scientology's Gold Base in Riverside County, California; Leah and Mike lend support to a niece of a former high-ranking Scientology executive as she travels to check on her uncle.

  • In recent years the head of the Nation of Islam, Minister Louis Farrakhan, publicly embraced Dianetics and the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard and supported their use in NOI Mosques.

  • Cierra Westerman was recruited out of a Florida private investigator school to spy on critics of the Church of Scientology.

  • Scientology's Gold Base in Riverside County, California, has been shrouded in mystery for years. The heavily guarded compound houses up to 1,000 members of the Sea Org, the church's elite inner core. Ex-members who have left report harsh working conditions, abuse and the existence of a double-wide trailer housing facility known as "The Hole." In a rare insider's view of Gold, Valerie Haney tells of her years as Scientology first lady Shelly Miscavige's personal steward and how after two decades in the Sea Org, with conditions at the base leading her to contemplate suicide, Valerie makes a bold move.

  • For the very first time, Leah and Mike meet with former members of a different organization--the Jehovah's Witnesses. In this special 2-hour episode, a panel of contributors open up and share their personal stories.

  • How does it feel to lose your entire belief system? How does it feel to come to believe everything you've been told--the foundation of who you are isn't based in truth? How do you let go of the anger?

  • Leah answers viewer questions about Season 2 of Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

  • To Scientologists, L. Ron Hubbard is the Messiah, whose word in the Church is law, and if to be believed, will lead the parishioner to personal salvation and total freedom.

  • In an effort to foster a positive public image, The Church of Scientology has funded groups whose purpose is to manufacture a positive perception in the public eye.

  • A powerful update on Leah's childhood friend Chantal Dodson. Leah and Mike sit down with Chantal and her mother, Ramina, who reveals that after 42 years in the Church, she's made the remarkable decision to leave Scientology.

  • In this very personal episode, Leah sits down with two of her childhood friends, Chantal Dodson and Sherry Ollins, for an emotional conversation about their shared experiences growing up in Scientology. They look back on how their friendship helped them to survive during their most difficult times and how they're now trying to heal with each other's support.

  • Scientologists are constantly pressured to pay money to the Church based on a promise of spiritual salvation. But what happens when parishioners ask for their money back? Ex-Scientologists Leah Remini and Mike Rinder will lead a roundtable discussion, examining the contracts that all Scientologists must follow, and how these contracts lock them into financial burdens that can lead to hardship and ruin. Mike and Leah will be joined by ex-Sea Org Member Matt Pesch, leading Scientology blogger Jeffrey Augustine, along with ex-Scientologist Luis Garcia, and his attorney, Ted Babbitt, who are embroiled in a major lawsuit with the church regarding refunds.

  • The Mace-Kingsley Ranches were promoted by Scientologists as educational camps for troubled kids, but former students say they were actually hard labor camps for children. Leah and Mike sit down with two former students who talk about the hardships they endured there, from corporal punishment to challenging living conditions, and for the first time, give voice to the generation of kids in Scientology who were sent away to these ranches.

  • Since Scientology's inception, L. Ron Hubbard had an obsession with getting celebrities into the Church. Leah and Mike sit down with a former Scientology celebrity recruiter to learn about the Church's efforts to recruit A-listers. Then Leah and Mike travel to NYC to meet with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis, the first celebrity to speak out against Scientology, for a very candid conversation about his own personal journey.

  • Despite accusations of abuse spanning a decade, David Miscavige remains the head of the Church of Scientology and continues to be untouchable; former Miscavige associates share firsthand accounts of how he maneuvered his way into power.

  • In Scientology, the goal of every Scientologist is to ascend to the top of the "Bridge to Total Freedom." Ex-Scientologists Leah Remini and Mike Rinder will lead a round table discussion.

  • Liz Gale, a third generation Scientologist, was raised to believe that Scientology had the equation to create the perfect family.

  • Leah challenges Scientology's promises of relief from life's ills by revealing stories of individuals in the organization who suffered from depression and suicidal ideation.

  • Additional previously unaired scenes from the series.

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